People in Erewash are being urged by health leaders to talk more openly about death and dying to make sure their wishes for the end of their lives are met.
The NHS Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is backing Dying Matters Awareness Week, which starts on Monday, encouraging people to write a will, make sure loved ones know what their wishes for their funeral are as well as planning for how the family will be supported after their death.
The theme of this year’s awareness week is ‘talk, plan, live’. After its phenomenal success last year, they will also be using the hashtag #YODO again, which stands for You Only Die Once. During the week, members of the public are encouraged to take five simple steps to make their end of life experience better, both for them and for their loved ones, including write your will and record your funeral wishes.
According to Dying Matters only one in 10 adults have talked to anyone about how or where they would like to die and a poll on their website shows that by far the biggest prompt to provoke a conversation about death is when someone close is dying, but the charity urges people not to wait until then. The earlier that people talk about their dying wishes, the easier it is emotionally and practically to deal with.
Dr Avi Bhatia, chair of NHS Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group, said:“It’s important that we all express our wishes towards the end of our lives, including where we want to die and our funeral plans with friends, family and loved ones. Dying well is as important as living well and thinking about all the things you want in advance, talking to your loved ones, writing it down and keeping it safe gives you some control at the end of life. It can also comfort the bereaved to know everything was done the way their loved one would have wanted”.
For more information about the awareness week, log onto dyingmatters.org